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Selection and censorship: librarians and their collections

David McMenemy (Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK)

Library Review

ISSN: 0024-2535

Article publication date: 23 May 2008




The purpose of this paper is to discuss the issues raised in the report, Hate on the State, published in 2007.


The paper is a reflective viewpoint that debates the points made in the report and their wider implications for the profession.


The report raised key issues around censorship, and the role of the librarian in selecting a balanced collection for their public. These concerns need to be debated at length, since they represent fundamental professional concerns.

Practical implications

The paper debates key professional concerns and how changes in stock procurement may lead to future occurrences of such controversies.


This is the only editorial to date related to this report in library literature.



McMenemy, D. (2008), "Selection and censorship: librarians and their collections", Library Review, Vol. 57 No. 5, pp. 341-344.



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